About us

Sandbach Striders was born back in 2003. Since the early days, membership has grown with a firm ethos of the club being not just about running but social activities as well. The club is affiliated to UK AAA and has its own qualified coaches. Many other special events take place on various nights too.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 18:30 and Sundays at 09:00 at Elworth Cricket Club.

Whilst many members compete in races from 5k to Marathons, the emphasis remains purely on keeping people motivated and having fun. Why not scan through our race reports to see what we’ve been up to? Having read them, you’re sure to see why Sandbach Striders has developed the motto of being

"No Ordinary Running Club!"

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

How much of the website have you seen?

Since we launched the mark 2 website in September 2011 we have had over 400 posts and over 124,000 unique page views from around the world.

Did you know that you can view archived posts by clicking on the blog archive section to your right?  --->

Monday, 28 April 2014

This week's news: 28/04/2014

The annual 5.3 mile ‘round the runway’ starting in the scenic village of Mobberley was run on Thursday 24th of April and three Striders took part.

Tom, Paul and Terry get photobombed at Mobberley.

The results were as follows:

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Race Report: Shakespeare Marathon 27/04/2014

To PB or not to PB that is the question. 

The Carnival
 Marathon number 23.... How did that happen I ask myself? But happen it has and this time was a little bit of a novel experience for me, it was all about the Road. My last road marathon was back in October last year at Chester so this was going to be quite a test. 

Race Report: Crewe Air Products 10k 20/04/2014

South Cheshire Harriers held there annual 10k race on the Sunday 20th April. 

Tom, Heather, Steve, Tony and Lindsay before the race.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

This week's news 21/04/2014

Sandbach Striders continue to turn out in force at the free weekly Congleton parkrun. 

Nine Striders made up the numbers this week along with Ton Taylor who acted as run

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Race Report: Pyongyang Marathon, North Korea 13/04/2014

So... there I was, sitting having lunch at Kim Jon Un's ski resort with several high ranking officials, when after some light banter, a little too much vodka and being fed lemon gateaux by North Korea's minister for sport, he turned to me and said "you must come back in April and run our marathon"

During a not so light lunch with one of North Korea’s leaders
I smiled politely and said "I'd love to", not for one moment thinking he was serious or that once I'd got back to the UK he'd follow up our conversation with an official invite.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Kit Report: Salomon Fellraisers

Lot of good race reports on the website but fewer kit reports, I done one for OMM Jackets recently and the club members love of them that I’m sure will find its way to the front page soon. Anyhow, this is a kit report for the Salomon fellraiser trail shoe in blue for you fashion conscious people out there. 

The New Shoe

Monday, 14 April 2014

Race Report: Coniston 14m 29/03/2014 Snowdon Half-marathon 06/04/2014

Coniston 14 (miles) Saturday 29th March 2014

The route for the run is fantastic – starting in the lovely village of Coniston, there’s a bit of a long pull up

This week's news 14/04/2014

There was an excellent turn-out at the free weekly parkrun around Astbury Mere on Saturday, with 13 Striders running the three laps of the picturesque lake.
Tony Taylor continued his excellent return to form with a new personal best time. Garry Pheasey also

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Race Report: Ironbridge Half-marathon 06/04/2014

I beat Mik. Signed Terry.
Under the bridge
OK, that’s been the club’s only Ironbridge Half race report for the last few years, I’ll try to write a better

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Race Report: The Three Shires 06/04/2014

The 3 Shires Marathon (or the oatcake hill climb)

at the start
I cannot believe a year has passed since I last ran this event. At that time, I was in the middle of a severe depressive episode whereby even getting out of bed was a journey never mind running a marathon. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Race Report: Sandstone 10k Trail 06/04/2014

Well one of my last comments on last year’s NSPCC race report was, “I’d do it again next year.” Well, I did! This time I dragged Gordon and Tolli around with me so a good morning’s exercise was had by the Hutchins gang.
Striders pre-race gathering.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Race Report: Greater Manchester Marathon 06/04/2014

We arrived to a typically grey and dull Manchester morning which all reports incorrectly said would turn into heavy rain at about 11, in fact, apart from a few spots, it never rained at all.

My target for the day was not only to beat the PB I set at Manchester last year (3:55:12) but to beat it significantly by getting under 3:45.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

This week's news 08/04/2014

A disaster with the recording of results at Congleton parkrun didn’t dismay the eight members of Sandbach Striders who ran the three laps of Astbury Mere. Tony Taylor showing he is now back to full fitness with an excellent 6th place finish.

FREE Couch to 5k course starts Wednesday 9th April 2014!

For the third consecutive year, Sandbach Striders running club will once more be offering the popular and FREE to attend Couch to 5k running program.

If you would like to get fit, meet new people and find out why we all love running then the Couch to 5k course of for you.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Race Report: Newcastle 10k 30/03/2014

Here is  my report for the Newcastle Under Lyme 10K which I ran today.
Liz with only a few hundred yards to go at the Newcastle 10K
What can I say, the weather was absolutely fabulous, just ideal for a nice 10K run. I felt really good as it was the first time I wore my shorts and vest and sunglasses on in one hit.

This week's news: 31/03/2014

At Congleton parkrun on Saturday morning, nine Striders ran the three laps of Astbury Mere four of whom ran new personal best times.